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PACThe Citizen reports that according to Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) secretary for labour, Luvo Vanyaza, the pending retrenchments of 1,600 employees by Cell C couldn’t have come at a worse time and action must be taken by government, which must also investigate all lockdown-related retrenchments.  

Cell C announced in June that to right-size its business it would trim its workforce by up to 40%, which was challenged by the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU).  The union applied for an interdict to stop the planned layoffs, but lost in the labour court.  The union members then embarked on a strike to force its demand for the retrenchments to be halted.  The PAC lambasted the court ruling, saying it was not surprised as courts were part of the state institutional machinery that protected the interests of the ruling “bourgeoisies class” against the working class.  Vanyaza indicated that authorities must also investigate claims that Cell C applied for UIF-Ters benefits, but still went ahead with its retrenchments plans.  The party said it was “fully behind all the striking employees” and was “communicating with shop stewards to discuss ways on which we can lend our support.”

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Eric Naki on page 2 of The Citizen of 19 October 2020

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